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Eastern Long Island Digs Out From Latest Snowstorm

Car stuck in snowbank in Plainview, L.I. (Photo/Mona Rivera)

Car stuck in snowbank in Plainview, L.I. (Photo/Mona Rivera)

jennifermclogan Jennifer McLogan
Jennifer McLogan returned to WCBS-TV in 1993 to cover Long Island...
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YAPHANK, N.Y. (AP/CBS New York) – Officials on eastern Long Island say some areas were hit by up to 17 inches of snow during an overnight storm, causing dozens of fender-benders but no injuries.

1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera with residents digging out in Centerport

WCBS 880 Reporter Sophia Hall talks with a snow plow supervisor about the difficulty of this storm

Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy said police recorded 63 crashes, and 48 cars were found disabled on highways.

He said parts of the county actually experienced more snowfall than the holiday blizzard that struck two weeks ago, but that winds were not nearly as powerful Wednesday.

Before daybreak, the race was on to clear a path to the icy trains. Some were late and others were cancelled, but at least the LIRR was running.

Long Island’s county executives and town supervisors declared snow emergencies, urging people to stay off the roads so plows could do their jobs.

“If they can possibly telecommute, stay at home, do work from home, that would be wonderful,” said Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray.

The streets of Port Jefferson were overflowing, blasted all night and day with heavy snow off the Long Island Sound.

The snow made driving nearly impossible, and businesses ground to a halt.

“It’s not fun and games at all,” Anthony Marmo, who works in Port Jefferson, told CBS 2′s Jennifer McLogan. “It’s been a very trying morning, and we’re opening late. We stayed off the roads.”

For some families, though, the snow was a dream rather than a nightmare.

“The kids are sleigh-riding right now, and my daughter’s very excited to be home from college,” Port Jefferson resident Christine Shaljian said.

The Long Island Power Authority reported only several hundred outages out of a customer base of 1.1 million.

Many medical workers spent the night in their hospitals. “We had a meeting just this morning to make sure that we have the necessary resources here – people, food, backup systems,” said Dr. Mark Hoorcraw of St. Francis Hospital.
Locals tried to remain upbeat despite the obstacles.
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